Walking around Chicago can be very eye-opening. It’s also, during the Summer anyway, one of the more picturesque places to tour. Today, I thought I would share a few of my Chicago memories with you.
The shot above was taken a few years ago while I was walking through Millennium Park downtown. The sculpture is called Cloud Gate. More affectionately known, as the ‘bean’. It’s a centerpiece for the city where people from all over the world come to see it and take their selfies (much to more experienced photographer’s frustration).
There’s just nothing like trying to get that shot and having a group of teenagers walk right in front of the camera waving their cell phones in the air while pasting plastic smiles on for the camera. Nothing like it… Regardless, it's magical and reflects the entire city all in one place.
The city has come a long way since I was young. Yes, there definitely are parts of town I wouldn’t want to be caught by myself at any time of day. But, you can’t beat Lake Michigan, the Michigan Mile, and the river that runs right through the city. In fact, the company I work for has a building right on the river. The shot below was taken close to there.
Living on the other side of the lake, we would often watch all the old movies, television shows like ‘Sea Hunt’, and Harry Caray call the Cubs games on WGN, one of the largest stations in the country at the time. While a Tiger’s fan growing up, you couldn't help but love listening to the Cubs. I finally had a chance a few years ago to visit Wrigley Field and grabbed this shot below.
If anything, Chicago offers a great chance to do some street photography. I have an album full of shots but I’ve posted a few of my favorites ones below taken while just walking around town.
Lastly, one of my favorite movies as a kid was The Blues Brothers shot right in Chicago. I posted a link below of some scenes where they used the, ‘we’re on a mission from God’ motive for getting the band back together. Love it! In the end, they helped an orphanage with the proceeds from their concert.
Thank you for taking a few minutes to share some of my Chicago memories today. It’s a great place to visit if you like pizza, culture, and great music. Just, try not to eat too many ‘Chicago style’ hot dogs at one time…
Wishing you all a great week ahead!